Jacob Kemp is an actor working in film, television, and the theater. A dual-citizen of the United States and Canada, Kemp was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts.
Kemp drew critical praise for his performance as Arpad Novack in "Parfumerie," opposite Richard Schiff, Deborah Ann Woll, and Eddie Kaye Thomas, under the direction of Mark Brokaw. The LA Times declared his performance as "marvelous," and The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Kemp "stole his every scene."
Kemp is set to appear in 20th Century Fox's "Why Him?" opposite Bryan Cranston, James Franco, Megan Mullally, and Keegan-Michael Key, directed by John Hamburg.
Kemp portrayed Davey in the original cast of the 1st National Tour of Disney's "Newsies" from 2014 - 2015. In a 2015 interview with The Boston Globe, Tony Award-nominated director Jeff Calhoun described Kemp as "one of the smartest actors that I have ever worked with." Kemp received a 2016 IRNE nomination for his performance.
His television credits include recurring roles on "Black-ish" and "Broad City."
Kemp graduated cum laude from Yale, where he was the recipient of the Louis S. Gimbel Jr. Scholarship, and was a Yale Trust of Boston Scholar. He is also an alumnus of Stagedoor Manor and trained with the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City.
Katharine O'Brien is a writer/director raised between Santa Barbara, CA and South Boston. She studied English literature at Wellesley College and received her MFA from Columbia University in film directing. Katharine worked as a writing assistant for The Kids in the Hall, and ABC Sitcom CARPOOLERS directed by the Russo Brothers (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT) and in development at MUSE Film (AMERICAN PSYCHO, VIRGIN SUICIDES) and she wound up a featured character in upcoming film THE GOLDEN SUICIDES written by Bret Easton Ellis, about the deaths of art world stars Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan. A large background in music, Katharine directed concert films in her early years of bands such as Iggy Pop, The Dead Weather, Guns N Roses, Crystal Castles, and Courtney Love. Katharine's short films have won accolades at numerous festivals, her Columbia thesis film, ILLUSIVE FIELDS appeared in Miami Basel in 2015.
Katharine most recently penned THE AUTOMATIC HATE, (starring Joseph Cross, Adelaide Clemmens, Deborah Ann Woll, Richard Schiff, and Ricky Jay) which had its world premiere at SXSW Film Festival at 2015 and went on to receive much critical acclaim, playing top international festivals such as Busan, Mar del Plata, Tallin Black Nights, and winning the Audience Award at Mill Valley Film Festival. THE AUTOMATIC HATE is having its theatrical release in 2016.
Katharine is actively involved in promoting the arts and independent film culture in Los Angeles, as a member of LACMA's Contemporary Friends committee and serving on the Board of Directors at the Cinefamily Foundation.
Drawn to the business from an early age, Shaun got his first film industry job after reading the infamous tale of Steven Spielberg sneaking onto the Universal Studios lot. At age 17 he walked through the gate, past the guards and though he didn't get signed to a director's contract, after only three months of daily lot sneaks, he was offered a permanent job on the Spielberg production of SeaQuest, DSV, where he worked for the series' first season. From there, he segued into feature films (including two with Spielberg himself!) and never looked back. Eventually, he began to seek work as a Personal Assistant. The career change proved a wise step and he soon found himself working for (and with) some of the industry's most well-known and well-respected talent in front of and behind the camera, including Courteney Cox and David Arquette, Academy Award winner Christopher Walken, Jack Black, Ben Stiller and acclaimed directors Joe Wright, Judd Apatow and Academy Award Nominee Peter Hedges.
O'Banion soon began producing his own projects when he formed Ravenwood Films, first partnering with Desert Skye Entertainment to produce the cult hit Dakota Skye.
Dakota Skye picked up top awards at festivals across North America. The film was distributed by E1 Entertainment following it's successful festival run and is available for purchase through all major retailers. The film was in the Top 100 most viewed on Netflix Instant for nearly 5 years with 80% positive reviews. In addition to Netflix, the film has aired on Showtime, Time-Warner On-Demand, Showtime and Comcast. The film is also a regular topic of discussion among teen girls on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.
Following the success of Dakota Skye, O'Banion partnered with The Wayne/Lauren Film Company to produce Girlfriend. The film made its World Premiere at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival where it made headlines for being one of 13 films sold in the first week! Girlfriend went on to collect a handful of awards for Best Feature, Best Director and Audience Awards at various Festivals around the world as well as winning a prestigious 2011 IFP Gotham Award. The film saw a limited theatrical release in 2011 and debuted on DVD and VOD in the fourth quarter of 2012 from Strand Releasing.
In 2013, he co-produced The Automatic Hate, which reunited him with writer/director Justin Lerner (Girlfriend) and teamed him with Academy Award-nominated producer Alix Madigan-Yorkin (Winter's Bone). The film premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and stars Joseph Cross (Lincoln, Milk), Adelaide Clemens (Gatsby, Sundance Channel's Rectify), Deborah Ann Woll (Netflix Original Series Daredevil, True Blood), Richard Schiff (Man of Steel, The West Wing) and Ricky Jay (Boogie Nights, Heist). The film will be released by Film Movement in the fall of 2015.
In addition to films, Shaun has produced national commercials for Pepsi, EA Sports and Chevrolet, episodes of the hit travel & lifestyle series Day Off With Noah Abrams (episodes featuring Tyler Florence & Tony Hawk) and a live event for The White House - Office of the First Lady. He has also directed a variety of short films and music videos.
Shaun is a member of the Producers Guild of America and has several films in development through both Ravenwood Films and his partnership with Broad Reach Films - among them is The Bentley Boys which he is producing alongside partner Shannon Mullen, Academy Award-winner Bruce Cohen and BAFTA-winner Paul Webster.